McIlhenney's Irish Red | Alpine Beer Company

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McIlhenney's Irish RedMcIlhenney's Irish Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most versatile beer. Good to drink as well as cook with. Light enough to quench a thirst and complex enough to accompany fine dining. Caramel malty sweet fades to a chocolate roasty finish and dry from a touch of rye. 1.057 OG 13 IBU

Added by Gusler on 12-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
30
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Alpha309
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark color: more brown than red. Somewhat of a malty nose. Eversoslight hop scent. Very tasty. Malty and toasty. Not really sweet though. Hops are detectable, but I wouldnt say the beer is hoppy. Somewhat latent carbonation. Smooth drinking. Finishes dry, but lingers a hint of flavor. Not super traditional. But very well done. Would buy again.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Really pretty red, crystal clear, with a rocky off-white head.

Smell: Herbal hops, a little malty.

Taste: Smooth malts, caramel. Hops are a bit spicy, herbal. Pretty moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and well carbonated.

Overall: Refreshing and tasty! This is a very easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More brown/ rusty red than a typical Irish red. Tracings the whole way down, this head. Smells heavy of maple. Sweet and refreshing and warming all at the same time. Easy on the palate, doesn't leave too much film on the tongue. Somewhat heavy and fizz-free. would 100% get again.

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Photo of robear
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sunrats
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DuaneL
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DL had this on draft at Henlopen Oyster House 9/10 - to JK seemed a bit watery, but DL liked it with the food he was having at the time, like raw oysters; not something we'd want to purchase.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice looking creamy looking and off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a very good looking deep red amber that is clear. The beer looks very nice with the hue and clarity and the head is also appealing.

The smell is very nice even if it is a bit malty for the style. The strongest note is primarily the malt smell. The smell comes off a nice and strongly nutty with slight toffee notes. When cooler, the beer has a slight tea note that is quickly covered up by the nutty smell. There is also a very light hop note that is also covered by the nutty malt smell.

The taste is a bit different from the smell. The strong nutty malt note is still present but not as strong as it is in the smell. The hops and tea notes come out a bit stronger and are more present in the taste. The hop bitterness is very light and a bit floral.

The feel is pretty good. While it is a medium bodied beer, the beer is fairly smooth bordering on slightly creamy. Biting carbonation also gives the beer a bit of texture. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a pretty Irish Red that I hope to come back to. While it's not very tea-like, it does have a good malt presence. Recommend.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and sweet but still dry. Could drink a few more. Very easy to drink and not intense but that's a good way. Would drink six packs of this in the fall and enjoy sweet aroma.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear deep red, light beige head.

Aroma: Raison nut bread and melanoidin.

Flavor: More roasted, nutty, melanodin, less dark fruit than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium+, but still very easy drinking.

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Photo of epyon396
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mre4b
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaulFox
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nunya
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tgates
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear red body with a thin tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Irish red ale. Scents of toasted malt, caramel and notes of toffee at moderate levels. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt forward pint, very true to style for an Irish Red. Flavor begins malty and sweet with a caramel quality and medium-light notes of toasted malt, along with light English hop flavors. Middle gains a dry quality, deriving from roasted malt, with flavors of lightly roasted malt and toasted malt. Finish is dry with light flavors of roasted malt and slightly burnt toast and a hint of caramel. Aftertaste is dry with notes of toasted malt, light roasted malt and a hint of hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a simple, malt-forward, well-crafted Irish red, true to style and pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel, ending slick. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a perfectly to style Irish red. Overall this is a fantastic pint. It hits all aspects of the style perfectly, and while it is not the most complex, rich or "deep" beer, it is a fantastic example of an easy drinking, oft overlooked pub ale. Highly recommend.

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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